Ulric Cross, a Trinidadian war hero, diplomat, and judge is being honored by a feature film. The life and times of this icon will be portrayed in the movie titled “HERO” which is to be screened at the British Film Institute in London on May 18, 2019.
Already the movie, which was produced by a former resident of the United Kingdom, Frances-Anne Solomon, has been screened in Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. It is yet to be screened in the United States.
In this movie, the story of the war veteran is told. Cross made his mark in the Second World War as a Navigator of Fighter Planes. He went on to become one of the most decorated RAF airmen from the West Indies. After the war, he played a significant role in the struggle for independence of most African and Caribbean countries.
Solomon said the story is about establishing the fact that the people of the Caribbean are citizens of the world. She added that it was thrilling to be screening the movie in the UK where most of the film was shot. This is very significant in history since it marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first major generation of Caribbean citizens to set foot on British soil.
The film, which was shot in the UK, Ghana, Trinidad, and Canada, features several celebrated British actors. They include Joseph Marcel, Fraser James, and Jimmy Akingbola, among many others. HERO is expected to tour the UK after the first screening in Southbank leading to the Windrush celebrations holding in June.